Jeff, I too have 1 celiac gene and 1 gluten sensitivity gene and my Doctor told me that me and all of my children need to completely avoid all gluten. I also have Hashimoto’s and I so blame it on gluten. I have been grain free for a long time and then recently while on a vacation I ate some Udi’s gluten free bread (made from rice) the bloating was so awful. I don’t crave this stuff often, but vacationing is the worst. I also suffer from candida and I haven’t been following that diet and I know I need to. I found a great functional medicine Doctor here in MIchigan, but the problem is he is very expensive because he doesn’t accept insurance. So, I rarely go to him. I need to make an appointment because I know I am not completely healed. I struggle with weight loss, I was dieting and exercising with the guidance of a trainer and I still wasn’t losing weight. I have been sick off and on for 3 weeks and between that and vacations haven’t been exercising and I am so afraid to look at the scale. My advice to you is to start the true gluten free diet and don’t look back, it may take a while to heal but you will eventually get there. I don’t want to end up like my father who has had 3 different types of cancer one of them being colon cancer. He has so many health issues and I know that is right where I was headed. Try to focus on the future and even if the healing is slow at least you won’t be making things worse like my father.
P.S. My doctor told me being gluten sensitive is like being pregnant you either are or you aren’t there is no mild case of gluten sensitivity. You need to completely stay away from the poison. It was also described to me as rat poison, if you eat a tiny amount it may not kill you instantly or even make you sick right then, but if you keep putting trace amounts in your system it will eventually mess up your system in a bad way and eventually kill you.(just something to think about, I don’t mean to scare you, but it kind of scared me straight)